The Philadelphia Eagles entered this offseason with some glaring needs. One of those glaring needs was their secondary. They had a nice combination at safety in Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, but their cornerback play was atrocious to say the least. Each and every game, it wasn't a question of if they would give up a big pass play but when. And like clockwork, it happened often. They simply could not keep anyone in front of him and with the defense that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz likes to run, cornerbacks are often left in man-to-man coverage.
So with this offseason coming around and with the Eagles releasing Malcolm Jenkins, Philly surely needs some help in the secondary. They missed on Byron Jones, as he signed with the Miami Dolphins, but they did come across an upgrade via trade this offseason, acquiring Darius Slay from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a third and a fifth-round pick in this year's NFL Draft. Slay gives them an immediate upgrade at the cornerback spot. Even with Slay though, there still are questions with this secondary and more notably, the cornerback spot.
The Eagles brought back Jalen Mills, but he is rumored to be moving to safety, more than likely pairing with McLeod in their secondary. No one knows how he will fit in at safety, so that bears watching. But with his switch in position, what else do they really have at cornerback outside of Slay? Sidney Jones was a player that was highly-regarded coming out of college, but ever since his injury at his Pro Day where he tore his Achilles' tendon, he has not been the same player he once was. After him there is Avonte Maddox and Rasul Douglas. Both are players that have some experience but can you really depend on them?
The Eagles may have upgraded with Slay, but that did not fill a hole at all. It only started to shovel dirt in filling a deep ditch that is the cornerback spot. Hopefully for Eagles fans, management can continue to add to that defensive secondary outside of the move for Slay. If not, then the team may still suffer in pass defense despite the pressure that could be created up front with Fletcher Cox, a fully healthy Malik Jackson, newly-acquired Javon Hargrave and the rest of the pack cutting lose. There is still talent out there. Let's see if the Eagles can snag some of it to help their secondary.